All in it for Ellen
by Amanda Rivera and Cecilia Skurski
Oct. 13, 2014
Ellen Rose Santarelli, 32, of Kenosha, died Aug. 8, 2011 of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her loss is yet deeply felt by her family and friends.
Ellen loved coaching volleyball at St. Joseph Catholic Academy. As she battled the disease, she found support in a group calling itself “Team EROCK,” The group consisted of students, family, friends, and her fellow players at St. Joe’s. She touched many lives during her years as a coach at St. Joe’s and an "orange game i"s held yearly in her honor.
The St. Joseph Catholic Academy Lancer varsity volleyball players went up against their biggest rivals in Shoreland Lutheran on Oct. 7, 2014 and the gym was decorated in orange for Ellen.
“Ellen would of been proud of the girls because they fought hard all the way tothe end and ended in a great victory,” said Senior Kyle Cable .
The Lady Lancers took Shoreland into three games. The Lancers took a 10-point victory in the first and second game and an eight-point victory in the third. “It was a nice game to win for Ellen, faith and for the team,” said Lancer captain Catharine Ryan.
Can’t Quite Take Martin Luther
The Lady Lancers played Martin Luther at home on Thu., Oct. 9, with Martin Luther only having won one game this season thus far. The Lady Lancers weren’t able to win this one, however. “We didn’t come out strong and take advantage of their record. We did not perform like we usually do.” said Grace Kalinka a sophomore on the varsity Lady Lancers team.
“I am actually happy in a way that this happened, to show that we can’t get ahead of ourselves and come out and perform every game,” said Head Coach Whitney Witthun.
The game started off very sloppy, like the team didn’t even want to be there, and the second game continued the same. In the third game, the Lancers realized that they needed to step up. The Lancers won the third game but lost to Martin Luther in the fourth by a score of 25-27. The Lady Lancers still have a shot at winning conference, a very slight shot that is as the Lancers now have two losses and are in need of help from other teams in order to win conference.
St. Catherine’s plays Martin Luther on Tue., Oct. 14. St. Cat’s only loss is to the Lancers. Meanwhile, Racine Lutheran, the team that gave the Lancers their only other loss, plays Shoreland. If Martin Luther takes St. Cat’s and Shoreland takes Racine Lutheran the Lancers claim conference. The Lady Lancers host Prairie on Tue., Oct. 14, which is senior night. The team’s two seniors, Captain Cecilia Skurski and Rebecca Bonnin are ready to come out and take on the Hawks.
SJCA runners make history at Angel Invitational
by William Pechous
Sept. 20, 2014
Two hundred anxious high school cross country runners inch up to the starting line on a cool September morning. The line goes silent. Bang. Off they go charging the hill.
The St. Joseph Catholic Academy Lancers cross country team competed in the prestigious St. Catherine’s Angel Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20. The Angel Invitational Meet has been hosted by St. Catherine’s High School for the past 46 years and the St. Joe’s boys team has competed in this event for 38 of the 46 years while the girls have competed the past 35 years.
Both the girls and boys teams enjoyed an historic day as junior Mady Scopp set a personal record with a time of 20:08, placing 8th in the 179 woman field. Not far behind were a host of teammates. Junior Ariana Hernandez finished in 21:57. Captain Kara Hettinger set a personal best of 22:49 while Megan Marciniak finished in 23:22. Malynn Tarczewski ran a 24:41, also a personal record, to complete the girls varsity team.
On the boys’ side, senior John David Ford placed 9th in the 201 man race. He also set a personal record with a time of 17:02. Freshman boys Cameron Mills and Ben Scopp also claimed personal bests with times of 18:32 and 19:14, respectively. Senior Charlie Grosz rounded out the varsity boys team with a 22:35.
Coach Furreness was clearly pleased with the performances: “It was the first time in school history that St. Joe’s had a boy and a girl finish in the top 10 in the same year. In fact, Mady became the first girl at St. Joe’s to break into the top 10 at Angel. We are developing a stronger sense of pace as most runners were within the 20 second range from first mile to overall race pace.”
The boys team ran incomplete while the girls placed 14th out of 33 teams.
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